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melissa mason

Medium: Drawing

Booth #: GS22

I am a Type A girl in a Type B world - I live and die by my color-coded calendar and detailed spreadsheets. Even my chosen medium is Type A - scratchboard is clean, highly-detail oriented, orderly, and every scratch in a piece has an intention and a place. I am an artist in my bones and love working in black and white and celebrating wildlife, but I've been successful in my first three years because I am a businesswoman by nature. I'm building a business that merges my talent as an artist with my desire to be Earth-conscious and help protect wildlife and their habitats. This is my passion, but it's also my livelihood.

I am a full-time, self-employed artist who, at one time, had ZERO intention of having a creative career. At 18, the thought of being a "starving artist" was completely undesirable. I craved stability and assurances of a path moving forward, so I leaned on logic and reason and landed at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities majoring in...Sociology! (Yes, that means I do NOT have a degree in the fine arts)

Fast forward to today and I'm exactly where I didn't think I'd be at 18...and it's amazing! I love my job! I get to create art and travel around the country and make a living doing it...to put it simply. The path is not laid out for me because I'm building it one brick at a time every day, but it challenges me in really exciting ways so I push through the tough days of business ownership and that's what we call entrepreneurship!

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